dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


1 definition found
 for Brothers
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brother \Broth"er\ (br[u^][th]"[~e]r), n.; pl. Brothers
     (br[u^][th]"[~e]rz) or Brethren (br[e^][th]"r[e^]n). See
     Brethren. [OE. brother, AS. br[=o][eth]or; akin to OS.
     brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G. bruder, Icel.
     br[=o][eth]ir, Sw. & Dan. broder, Goth. br[=o][thorn]ar, Ir.
     brathair, W. brawd, pl. brodyr, Lith. brolis, Lett. brahlis,
     Russ. brat', Pol. & Serv. brat, OSlav. bratr[u^], L. frater,
     Skr. bhr[=a]t[.r], Zend bratar brother, Gr. fra`thr, fra`twr,
     a clansman. The common plural is Brothers; in the solemn
     style, Brethren, OE. pl. brether, bretheren, AS. dative
     sing. br[=e][eth]er, nom. pl. br[=o][eth]or, br[=o][eth]ru.
     [root]258. Cf. Friar, Fraternal.]
     1. A male person who has the same father and mother with
        another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter
        case he is more definitely called a half brother, or
        brother of the half blood.
  
     Note: A brother having the same mother but different fathers
           is called a uterine brother, and one having the same
           father but a different mother is called an agnate
           brother, or in (Law) a consanguine brother. A
           brother having the same father and mother is called a
           brother-german or full brother. The same modifying
           terms are applied to sister or sibling.
           [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
                 Two of us in the churchyard lie,
                 My sister and my brother.          --Wordsworth.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. One related or closely united to another by some common
        tie or interest, as of rank, profession, membership in a
        society, toil, suffering, etc.; -- used among judges,
        clergymen, monks, physicians, lawyers, professors of
        religion, etc. "A brother of your order." --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
              For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
              Shall be my brother.                  --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. One who, or that which, resembles another in distinctive
        qualities or traits of character.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              He also that is slothful in his work is brother to
              him that is a great waster.           --Prov. xviii.
                                                    9.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              That April morn
              Of this the very brother.             --Wordsworth.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: In Scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman
           by blood more remote than a son of the same parents, as
           in the case of Abraham and Lot, Jacob and Laban. In a
           more general sense, brother or brethren is used for
           fellow-man or fellow-men.
           [1913 Webster]
  
                 For of whom such massacre
                 Make they but of their brethren, men of men?
                                                    --Milton.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Brother Jonathan, a humorous designation for the people of
        the United States collectively. The phrase is said to have
        originated from Washington's referring to the patriotic
        Jonathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut, as "Brother
        Jonathan."
  
     Blood brother. See under Blood.
        [1913 Webster]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229